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First Icelandic Kayaker Circles Iceland

Gísli H. Fridgeirsson, a physicist and kayaker, is now half-way in his journey around Iceland. He is currently in Öxarfjördur fjord in northeast Iceland after having rowed clockwise around the island from Reykjavík, beginning on June 1.

Kayakers in the West Fjords. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Fridgeirsson has mainly traveled at night while rowing along the island’s northern coastline. There, the nights have been bright and the weather conditions perfect, Morgunbladid reports.

Many a night Fridgeirsson has rowed in completely calm waters and enjoyed the midnight sun while taking breaks on the beach. “It is unforgettable,” he said.

But conditions have also been foggy and then Fridgeirsson has had to rely on his GPS monitor. He has rowed 1,000 kilometers and has to row another 1,000 kilometers to make it back to Reykjavík.

Fridgeirsson is the first Icelander to embark on such a journey but he is not the only kayaker circling Iceland at the moment. The American kayaker Margaret Mann began her journey in Reykjavík on June 6 and has rowed 500 kilometers so far.

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